The Giant Leaf Approach

I had a conversation the other day with a burdock plant. It is the plant with gigantic leaves that later in the summer produces Velcro-like sticky burrs.

I asked the burdock about its giant leaves. 

I said that in the tropics many plants have giant leaves in order to gather more sunlight, but here in the temperate zone, burdock is about the only plant with giant leaves.

The burdock plant looked at me with a weary, bored look, and then said, “I don’t know why. Big leaves work for me. The others can do as they wish.”

I didn’t get the answer I wanted, but it’s always nice to have a good conversation with a plant.